A TALENTED South Tyneside karate kid has followed up silver in Sydney with bronze in Bradford.
Jay Ridley, 11, clinched a bronze at the TFK Northern Open against the cream of the karate crop from across the country.
Her success in the full-contact Kumite category of the event came hot on the heels of her second-place finish at the Karate World Cup in Sydney.
The Monkton Junior School pupil had been back in the country just a matter of days after her date with destiny Down Under when she donned her whites to head back into competition.
But she showed no signs of jet-lag as she added to her burgeoning medal collection at the championship, staged at the Richard Dunn Sports Centre in Bradford.
The tournament was open to top karate club members from all over the country.
Proud dad James Ridley, 55, said: “Jay got a bronze at the event. She did great, as it was the first time she has taken part in this tournament.
“We will have to start making more room for all her medals.”
Jay, who lives in Brixham Crescent, Jarrow, with her dad, mum Katherine Skirton, sister, India, nine, and brother Justin, six, is showing no signs of resting up after her double medal joy.
She trains regularly with the Great Britain karate squad, as well as with her long-time support group at Jarrow Dojo.
Jay scooped silver in the Kumite category at the Karate World Cup after the community rallied round to help fund the £3,000 trip to Australia.
And she gave full value for money with a medal-winning display that is set to pave the way for a golden future.
She already has her sights on more glory at the next Go-Kan-Ryu World Karate Cup in Birmingham in 2015.